In place of your fathers will be your sons; You shall make them princes in all the earth.
I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations;
Therefore the peoples will give You thanks forever and ever. Psalm 45:16-17
May all the kings of the earth praise You, LORD, when they hear what You have decreed.
My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets.
In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to Me,
because My name will be great among the nations,” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 1:11
The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.
Don’t be impudent and evil as Cain AT THE TIME OF SACRIFICE he dared to destroy his own brother. God is not mocked for whatsoever a man sows, that is what he must reap. Cain sowed destruction in bowing to the fallen sinful nature rather than obeying God’s command and rising to walk in newness of life. Am I my brother’s keeper? YES we are. We are to walk as Jesus, the Firstborn of many brethren.
“I am the true Vine, and my Father is the Gardener.
He lops off every branch that doesn’t produce.
And he prunes those branches that bear fruit for even larger crops.
He has already tended you by pruning you back for greater strength and usefulness
by means of the commands I gave you. Take care to live in me, and let me live in you.
For a branch can’t produce fruit when severed from the vine.
Nor can you be fruitful apart from me.
“Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches.
Whoever lives in me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit.
For apart from me you can’t do a thing.
If anyone separates from me, he is thrown away like a useless branch,
withers, and is gathered into a pile with all the others and burned.
But if you stay in me and obey my commands,
you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted!
My true disciples produce bountiful harvests. This brings great glory to my Father.
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Live within my love.
When you obey me you are living in my love, just as I obey my Father and live in his love.
I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your cup of joy will overflow! I demand that you love each other as much as I love you.
And here is how to measure it—
the greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends;
and you are my friends if you obey me.
Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge: “Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.
I no longer call you slaves, for a master doesn’t confide in his slaves;
now you are my friends,
proved by the fact that I have told you everything the Father told me.
“You didn’t choose me! I chose you! I appointed you to go and produce lovely fruit always, so that no matter what you ask for from the Father, using my name, he will give it to you.
I demand that you love each other, for you get enough hate from the world!
But then, it hated me before it hated you.
The world would love you if you belonged to it; but you don’t—
for I chose you to come out of the world, and so it hates you.
Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave isn’t greater than his master!’
So since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you.
And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you!
The people of the world will persecute you because you belong to me,
for they don’t know God who sent me.
“They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them.
But now they have no excuse for their sin.
Anyone hating me is also hating my Father.
If I hadn’t done such mighty miracles among them they would not be counted guilty.
But as it is, they saw these miracles and yet they hated both of us—me and my Father. This has fulfilled what the prophets said concerning the Messiah,
‘They hated me without reason.’
“But I will send you the Comforter—the Holy Spirit, the source of all truth.
He will come to you from the Father and will tell you all about me.
And you also must tell everyone about me
because you have been with me from the beginning.
THE DEVIL HAS CHILDREN TOO!
“Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? ”
And all goes well for the generous man who conducts his business fairly.
Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances.
God’s constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it.
He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen.
For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him.
Those who oppose the LORD will be broken.
The Most High will thunder from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth.
“He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
1 Samuel 2:10
A song of ascents.
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
FOR THIS CHILD I HAVE PRAYED: Hannah’s Prayer of Thanksgiving
“He keeps the feet of His godly ones, But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
For not by might shall a man prevail.
“Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered;
Against them He will thunder in the heavens, The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
And He will give strength to His king, And will exalt the horn of His anointed.”
Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah.
But the boy ministered to the LORD before Eli the priest.
1 Samuel 2:9-11
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David
Your right hand, LORD, was majestic in power.
Your right hand, LORD, shattered the enemy.
The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
The king rejoices in your strength, LORD. How great is his joy in the victories you give!
For the king trusts in the LORD;
Through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken. Psalm 21:1; 7
My faithful love will be with him, and through my name his horn will be exalted.
Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness. Psalm 96:13
let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity. Psalm 98:9
the LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire. Isaiah 29:6
If you want to be extraordinary—love your enemies! Do good without restraint! Lend with abandon! Don’t expect anything in return! Then you’ll receive the truly great reward—you will be children of the Most High—for God is kind to the ungrateful and those who are wicked. So imitate God and be truly compassionate, the way your Father is.
“On that day I will make a horn grow for the Israelites, and I will open your mouth among them. Then they will know that I am the LORD.” Ezekiel 29:21
1 John 3–
Consider the kind of extravagant love the Father has lavished on us—
He calls us children of God! It’s true; we are His beloved children.
And in the same way the world didn’t recognize Him,
the world does not recognize us either.
When we feel like we are not good enough to be loved by God,
we should remember that God’s love is greater than our doubts.
We must silence the sounds of condemnation
so we can hear the voice of God’s loving assurance
and remember that He has selected us to be part of His family.
My loved ones, we have been adopted into God’s family;
and we are officially His children now.
LOVE FOR ENEMIES FLOWS OUT OF THIS SOURCE
IT IS A LOVE THAT PLEASES GOD
Through Christ we inherit abundant mercy. Much more than enough to cover a lifetime of sin for where sin abounds Much more grace. This is a revolutionary kind of love and it greatly pleases God.
The full picture of our destiny is not yet clear, but we know this much:
when Jesus appears, we will be like Him because we will see Him just as He is.
All those who focus their hopes on Him and His coming
seek to purify themselves just as He is pure.
Everyone who lives a life of habitual sin is living in moral anarchy. That’s what sin is.
You realize that He came to eradicate sins, that there is not the slightest bit of sin in Him.
The ones who live in an intimate relationship with Him do not persist in sin,
but anyone who persists in sin has not seen and does not know the real Jesus.
Children, don’t let anyone pull one over on you.
The one doing the right thing is just imitating Jesus, the Righteous One.
If you are wondering if your faith is authentic, take a look at your life.
Are you doing what is right?
The one persisting in sin belongs to the diabolical one,
who has been all about sin from the beginning.
That is why the Son of God came into our world:
to destroy the plague of destruction inflicted on the world by the diabolical one.
Everyone who has been born into God’s family avoids sin as a lifestyle
because the genes of God’s children come from God Himself.
Therefore, a child of God can’t live a life of persistent sin.
So it is not hard to figure out who are the children of God
and who are the children of the diabolical one:
those who lack right standing and those who don’t show love for one another
do not belong to God.
The central truth—the one you have heard since the beginning of your faith—
is that we must love one another.
Please do not act like Cain, who was of the evil one. He brutally murdered his own brother.
Why would he do something so despicable?
Because his life was devoted to evil and selfishness,
and his brother chose to do what is right.
Brothers and sisters, don’t be shocked if the corrupt world despises you.
We know that we have crossed over from death to real life
because we are devoted to true love for our brothers and sisters.
Anyone who does not love lives among corpses.
Do you ever wonder if you are just silently sleeping through days, months, and years?
There is one indicator of real life: true love for others.
Joseph: Don’t be afraid. Am I to judge instead of God? It is not my place.
Even though you intended to harm me, God intended it only for good,
and through me, He preserved the lives of countless people, as He is still doing today.
So don’t worry. I will provide for you myself—for you and your children.
This same sentiment is expressed in Paul’s letter to the Romans (8:28).
God can take even the meanest intention
and make it work for good for His devoted followers.
So Joseph reassured them and continued to speak kindly to them.
Even though you intended to harm me, God intended it only for good, and through me, He preserved the lives of countless people, as He is still doing today.
Everyone who hates other members of God’s family is a murderer.
Does a murderer possess the beautiful life that never ends? No.
We know what true love looks like because of Jesus. He gave His life for us,
and He calls us to give our lives for our brothers and sisters.
If a person owns the kinds of things we need to make it in the world
but refuses to share with those in need, is it even possible that God’s love lives in him?
My little children, don’t just talk about love as an idea or a theory.
Make it your true way of life, and live in the pattern of gracious love.
Sacrifice is the heart of true love. In meekness, we support the cause of truth and righteousness against Satan by laying down our lives so that others might come out of the oppressive grip of Satan’s allurement through the deceit of sin and come into the marvelous light of the glorious Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and His blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
There is a sure way for us to know that we belong to the truth.
Even though our inner thoughts may condemn us with storms of guilt
and constant reminders of our failures, we can know in our hearts
that in His presence God Himself is greater than any accusation. He knows all things.
My loved ones, if our hearts cannot condemn us,
then we can stand with confidence before God.
Whatever we may ask, we receive it from Him
because we follow His commands and take the path that pleases Him.
His command is clear: believe in the name of His Son, Jesus the Anointed,
and love one another as He commanded.
The one who follows His teaching and walks this path
lives in an intimate relationship with God.
How do we know that He lives in us? By the gift of His Spirit.
GOD is working to Restore His children back into intimate Relationship and Right Standing with Him even as Joseph’s brothers came back to their senses through the humbly process
Yet GOD had already been working through the wronged brother, Joseph, to Restore and Revive their hearts having trusted in the Lord being at work in his life no matter where no matter what and no matter who did what for it is GOD who is in control.
I myself will be the Shepherd of my sheep and cause them to lie down in peace,” the Lord God says. “I will seek my lost ones, those who strayed away, and bring them safely home again. I will put splints and bandages upon their broken limbs and heal the sick. And I will destroy the powerful, fat shepherds; I will feed them, yes—feed them punishment!
God is making things happen for you–Even when you don’t see it,
Even when you can’t feel it, Even if it’s not evident,
God is working on your prayers. Delight yourself in the Lord.
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
But we are citizens of heaven, exiles on earth waiting eagerly for a Liberator,
our Lord Jesus the Anointed, to come
and transform these humble, earthly bodies into the form of His glorious body
by the same power that brings all things under His control.
The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another;
and star differs from star in splendor.
I declare to you, brothers and sisters,
that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God,
nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 1 Corinthians 15:41; 50
God is pleased with Abel’s offering, but not with Cain’s. Despite warnings, Cain fails to master his evil nature and murders his brother Abel, after which God asks him: “Where is Abel thy brother?”And Cain replied: “I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” The LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” Only in Christ are we saved from the curse of sin AND death as believers in His atoning work, and inherit the blessing. As the new creation, redeemed children of God, every creature is to us what God makes it, a comfort or a cross, a blessing or a curse. God has wise and holy ends in prolonging the lives even of very wicked men. Consider the life of Joseph betrayed by his own brothers. Consider the life of Jesus, the only sinless man, who gave Himself for us that we might become the children of God. There’s a purpose in being made right with God that we might walk as Jesus, that we partake in the divine nature as true sons of God, standing in the gap on earth as in heaven for others to turn from darkness to His marvelous light!
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction;
whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8
So also is the resurrection of the dead.
It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption
Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens,
and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:3
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears, let them hear. Matthew 13:43
To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality,
He will give eternal life. Romans 2:7
That the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay
and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. Romans 8:21
The body planted in the earth was animated by the physical, material realm. But the body raised from the earth will be animated by the spiritual. Since there is a physical, material body, there will also be a spiritual body.
Jesus said, “Marriage is a major preoccupation here, but not there.
Those who are included in the resurrection of the dead
will no longer be concerned with marriage nor, of course, with death.
They will have better things to think about, if you can believe it.
All ecstasies and intimacies then will be with God.
Even Moses exclaimed about resurrection at the burning bush, saying,
‘God: God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob!’
God isn’t the God of dead men, but of the living. To Him all are alive.” Luke 20:35-38
But those who are considered worthy
to attain the resurrection of the dead in the coming era
do not marry and are not given in marriage.
They are beyond mortality; they are on the level of heavenly messengers;
they are children of God and children of the resurrection.
So get rid of all that is wrong in your life, both inside and outside, and humbly be glad for the wonderful message we have received, for it is able to save our souls as it takes hold of our hearts.